Archives for September 2014

Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon – Classic Cartoon Humor with a Sprinkle of Thrills KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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Your favorite cat and mouse are back with song, sorcery, and slapstick in this enchanted tale. The adventure begins when Tom and Jerry happen upon a mysterious glowing egg. Little do they know, this egg was stolen from a very large fire-breathing dragon! In a short time, baby Puffy hatches from his egg and chooses Tom as his mommy. The angry mama dragon wants her baby, but she’s not the only one…a powerful witch named Drizelda captures the baby dragon for her own wicked plans! With the help of powerful allies and animal friends, Tom and Jerry fight tooth and claw to stop the witch and get the baby dragon back to his mother. The action takes flight in a climactic ending filled with might, magic and cartoon mayhem, of course! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry Orz comments, “This is a story with a lot packed in it – adventure to start with covered in Tom and Jerry classic humor, with a sprinkle of thrills and all topped with family wrapped in one huge delicious story sandwich.” See his full review below.

Tom And Jerry: The Lost Dragon

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

 

This is a classic Tom and Jerry film with all the goodness included! I thought Tom and Jerry would find a lost dragon in their normal house, but no! Tom And Jerry: The Lost Dragon is a hilarious family friendly adventure with a lot of unexpected turns.

This is a story with a lot packed in it – adventure to start with covered in Tom and Jerry classic humor, with a sprinkle of thrilling and all topped with family wrapped in one huge delicious story sandwich.

The story begins with a girl who owns an animal-care shop but, it is going out of business. Then, they find a dragon egg and a whole bunch of stuff happens including the girl facing her evil Aunty Witch! Of course, the girl’s two little helpers are a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry!

What a fantastic Tom and Jerry film! This has everything right about it. Tom and Jerry don’t talk, but imitate talking. The slapstick humor makes you crack up throughout the entire film and much, much more! They cover all of it! The voices of the talking characters are fantastic and they also make it so that Tom and Jerry are very close to main characters but are not in every scene. I like this because it lets the story develop much smoother and takes it much further.

My favorite scene is probably in the very beginning when Jerry is awake and running around doing chores while Tom is lazily chilling on his pillow not doing anything – the classic Tom and Jerry scene. As usual, Jerry gets upset and teaches Tom a lesson. I love it because it’s such a classic moment for these favorite characters.

This film is extremely family friendly. Even kids who don’t understand the characters will enjoy the bright colors, so a good age rating is 4 to 18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars for just an overall fantastic Tom and Jerry adventure.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

 

The Allstate’s Foundation Purple Purse Challenge Domestic Violence Awareness

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Domestic violence affects one in four women in her lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.  I know a lot about Domestic Violence since I am a survivor myself and have been an Advocate for years. Awareness is so very important!  Two-thirds of Americans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem, yet just over 1 in 3 have ever talked about it. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse aims to make it fashionable to talk about this difficult topic.

Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is making it fashionable to talk about domestic violence and the financial abuse that traps women in abusive relationships. The program ignites fundraising for more than 140 national, state and local domestic violence organizations. Funds raised will support life-changing financial empowerment services to help domestic violence survivors build safer lives for themselves and their families. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse aims to break the cycle of violence in our nation – one family at a time.

Most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence. Yet, financial abuse happens in 98% of all cases of domestic violence and is one of the most powerful ways to keep a victim trapped. Financial abuse is just as effective in controlling an abused victim as a lock and key. If her credit has been ruined, she can’t get an apartment. If her abuser constantly harasses her at work, she can lose her job. And, crushing debt run up by an abuser means it could take a survivor and her children years to fully recover from abuse.

It is tough to help someone who is trapped in the cycle of abuse. But, you can help ensure domestic violence survivors – likely someone you know – aren’t financially trapped in an abusive relationship by joining the Purple Purse Challenge. Open your heart and wallet to stand up for survivors and the organizations that serve them at PurplePurse.com.

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The Allstate Foundation is investing more than half a million dollars in the Purple Purse Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit gets, the more it can compete for Allstate Foundation incentive funding. Go to PurplePurse.com between Sept. 2 and Oct. 3 to join the Challenge and help a nonprofit near you. This really is such an important cause!

Kerry Washington, Emmy-nominated actress and domestic violence activist, is serving as a Purple Purse ambassador to help raise awareness for the cause and has designed a limited-edition purple purse. The purse was created to represent the center of a woman’s financial domain and to inspire women to reclaim their financial independence.

To turn any purse into a Purple Purse, The Allstate Foundation is widely distributing Purple Purse charms so you can show your support and attach to your favorite bag year round. They are being distributed with inspiring survivor stories through Purple Purse Challenge participants and Allstate agency owners.

Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has invested more than $40 million across the country to help domestic violence survivors regain control of their finances and break free from abuse.

Please check out PurplePurse.com. Here’s the link:  bit.ly/PurplePurse_2014

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Self Disclosure: I have received compensation to post the Purple Purse Challenge but Domestic Violence Awareness is a cause that I very strongly support. This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is a Must-Have! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Looking for a Moisturizing Cream to help combat those fine lines and wrinkles? The Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is the answer! I have only been using it for a short while but my skin already feels smoother. I have sensitive skin and it works really well so it is great for all skin types. I love it because it can be used for more than a moisturizer. It can also be used as a Day and Night Cream so you don’t have to buy separate products for each purpose. It is also really easy to use! You simply massage on the Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream after washing your face in the morning and evening. It hasn’t removed all my fine lines or wrinkles yet but I do think that with time, it will reduce fine line lines. For now, I am thrilled that my skin looks healthier and feels smoother since I have started using it. It is also great to use on your neck!

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

Here is  special coupon for our readers! The coupon is good for $10 off a bottle of Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream and expires October 10, 2014:

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We have also teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win their own Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Simply, leave a comment below to tell us why you would like to win! Deadline to enter is September 30, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org. US Residents only!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

KiX Cereal Launches New Interactive Packaging to Inspire Creativity & Imaginative Play in Children Original Online Stories Written by Soleil Moon Frye

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It’s said to be the most important meal of the day, yet it’s often eaten on the way out the door. Breakfast time is not generally the best time for family togetherness…but what if your kids could start their day as an undersea explorer? Or take a hike in the forest while chatting with a friendly raccoon? And when their adventure is over, they can tell you all about it? What if the stories in their minds can be brought to life using simple cardboard cut-outs and by following along to a story on a computer or iPad?

 

KiX cereal, a longtime favorite of parents and small children, is proudly launching a brand new packaging design and online platform called KiX Adventures – designed to bring a parent and child together on an adventure that inspires learning, imagination and creative play.

 

Each box has a different theme– jungles, oceans or forests– that turn the box itself into a toy. Built with perforated building pieces, kids can punch out and assemble shapes and characters for each of the brand’s three flavors and then use the pieces to follow along with online storybooks, written by actress and celebrity mom Soleil Moon Frye, that help bring the new boxes to life.

 

Just like the KiX brand, Soleil Moon Frye is a champion for kid creation and took her passion for creativity to write three original stories that were inspired by the characters on the new boxes – Rocky the Monkey, Fletcher the Raccoon and Mazy the Octopus.

 

Check out KixCereal.com for more information – the new boxes and online storybooks, fun recipe suggestions, and more!

We received samples to review and these really are creative & fun! They are easy to pop out the different shapes and I just love the different themes. My favorite is the Undersea adventure.What a great way for children to be creative and use their imagination! Look for them at a Target near you!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. 

PicGIF from PearlMountain Technology

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PicGIF helps you convert photos and videos into incredible GIFs quickly and easily on your Mac. You are free to re-edit the existing GIFs as well.

Key Features:

  • Multiple import file-formats: hundreds of image formats, GIFs, all common video formats.
  • Free to trim any part from a video clip.
  • Manage overlays of text captions and stickers.
  • Set start frame & end frame for overlays to define the range.
  • Lots of fine-tune features: size, frame delay, sequence, effects, color settings, etc.
  • Opt to optimize the output quality.
  • Multiple export and share options.

For more information check out their website: http://www.macgifmaker.com/picgif.html.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Photo Credit: PearlMountain Technology.

 

 

Melitta for the Fall Season! Cafe De Europa Classique Single Serve Gourmet Coffee

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Happy Fall! I can not believe that summer has come to an end! Pretty soon we will fall back and it will be colder and darker in the mornings. But, there is a way to warm up the mornings! Melitta Cafe De Europa Classique Single Serve Gourmet Coffee is a great way to start of the Fall days! I just love this Medium Roast coffee and love that it can be made quickly in my one cup brewer. Just FYI, these will not work in the New Keurig 2.0 or the Keurig Vue. But,  it’s just so fresh and I love the smell of this coffee! Just a great way to start of the Fall! To find out more, and to see all of the other Melitta products, go to the website. You can also find them on Facebook!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: Melitta.

 EveIry Cup Is Packed in a Unique Thermal Sealed Freshness Pack, Which Locks in The Flavor

Old Wives Tail An organic hair care treatment site that donates proceeds to stop animal testing

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I recently received a hair treatment from Old Wives Tail, which is an organic hair care treatment website that donated proceeds to stop animal testing. I am all for being against animal testing! I received an Organic Almond & Cinnamon Mask which is great for dry, broken and brittle hair. I was quite happy with the results! This Almond Oil and She Butter based mask left my hair soft and looking great! I like how it can be used once or twice a week and how my hair looks better after I use it. This is a protein enriched mask and like I mentioned, there is no animal testing. Old Wives Tail also has a variety of other hair treatments, so check out their website to find out more.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Old Wives Tail.

Kids a Focus as San Francisco’s Otherworldly Paxton Gate’s Debuts New Online Store

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Photos: From left to right: taxidermy weasel; knit frog dissection; custom water feature designed and built for popular SF restaurant Central Kitchen.

Paxton Gate, which for years has been a sought after destination for those living in and around the city as well as to tourists eager to sample their unique and wonderfully eccentric inventory, has completely rebuilt its website/e-commerce site into an easy to browse and easy to use online store. The former site was originally deployed in 2002.
 
“As someone who has loved science, history and the printed page since I was young—and put together a career based on those things—we built our original site so it resembled a book, with the idea that users could flip through to see what we had to offer,” says Paxton Gate founder, Sean Quigley. “It didn’t take too long to figure out this Internet thing was not only different, but here to stay, so we decided to fully embrace its capabilities. We wanted something that would approximate the experience of the store itself, so we built it.”

The new website encompasses the original store Paxton GatePaxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids, and its Design/Build arm as well as Paxton Gate Portland, owned and operated by Andrew and Susan Brown who call the Pacific Northwest home.  Paxton Gate Portland was featured featured on the show Portlandia, in an episode featuring Jeff Goldblum as the owner of an artisanal knot store.

The new site uses larger, higher resolution images, a much bolder look, plus a much more intuitive interface for browing as well as arranging for payment and delivery. Zoom in functionality that will allow detail and intrciacies to pop even further is currently being integrated and will be completed by the end of October in time for the holiday season.

Paxton Gate delivers direct from San Francisco (and Portland) throughout the USA, Europe and Asia.

What I really love about this website is that there are great products for children besides technology! Nothing against technology, I love my laptop and Smartphone with all the apps and so does my 10 year old son! But, sometimes it’s just good to get away from all that and use your imagination and creativity without technology. There are so many wonderful products in the Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids!

I received a few really cool products from are new friends at Paxton Gate. A really awesome Snowy Owl Puppet! We love this one! It is super soft and his head even turns! This is the best for creating fun puppet shows! We have had hours of fun with this one! I think it must be the softest puppet I have ever seen!

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Are you looking for other fun items for your Kids? We also received  Sands Alive which is so much fun for creating without the mess of beach sand. This one is also sure to keep the kids entertained for hours! The sand really isn’t alive but is tons of fun and this one would be great for a rainy day! The set comes with a tray, roller, shovel,and 1.5 lbs. of sand, which really is a malleable compound that is like damp sand. It really sticks together quite well.

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We also received the Robo Future Magnetic Blocks  which are really fun mostly because they are magnetic but they also can be used with the whole set..they are compatible so that would mean hours of fun! Click on the link above to find out more! One of our favorites about the website is all the Science fun products for kids! We received the Sunlight Print Kit and had so much fun learning and making prints with sunlight and water. It is available in 12 or 15 sheets so prices vary from $7.50-$18.00.

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So, if you are looking for something creative, fun and different, this really is a website to check out! You will find something for every child on your holiday shopping list and so many of these products would make great birthday gifts too!

To find out more, check out the website!

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this feature review. Photo Credit: Paxton Gate.